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Satoshi Kon (今 敏 Kon Satoshi, born October 12, 1963) is a Japanese director of anime films. Kon started his career
as a manga artist and editor in Young Magazine, and then
made his screenwriting debut with "Magnetic Rose", a section of the
anthology film Memories. Kon made his directorial
debut film, Perfect Blue, in 1997, followed by
Millennium Actress, Tokyo
Godfathers, Paprika and the television
series Paranoia Agent. A fifth film,
The Dream Machine, is
also in production.
All of his works as a director have been made by Studio
Madhouse, where he is a staff director along with Rintaro and Yoshiaki
Kawajiri. He is a founder and part of the 15-member steering
committee of the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA)
Satoshi Kon is a film director from Kushiro, Hokkaidō, Japan. Kon attended Musashino
College of the Arts and intended to become a painter.
After college, he worked with Katsuhiro Otomo on the manga World Apartment Horror.
Kon entered the anime industry by working as set designer for
Roujin Z (1991),
for which Otomo was the screenwriter and mechanical designer.
Kon's early work was strongly influenced by Otomo due to Kon's
experience with him.
Afterwards, Kon made his screenwriting debut with "Magnetic Rose",
a section of the anthology film Memories.
In 1997, Satoshi Kon released his directorial debut film Perfect Blue,
which was turned into a feature film from an original video
animation in the middle of production.
His next film, Millennium Actress, was
released in 2001 to several film festivals and won numerous
Having created two films that blend dreams and reality, Kon decided
to work on a more linear and traditional story and directed Tokyo
Godfathers, his only film to date that doesn't deal with
After creating the television series Paranoia Agent, Kon finished work
on Paprika, a feature-length film
that received a wide release to cinemas worldwide in 2007.